Our strategic Plan 2012 to 2016

Our Vision: War Child looks forward to a world in which the lives of children are no longer torn apart by war.

Our Mission: War Child’s mission is to support and improve the protection and care of children and young people who live with a combination of insecurity, poverty and exclusion in some of the worst conflict-affected places.

War Child is a specialist agency.  We work in countries devastated by armed conflict.  We need to be organised and imaginative enough to operate amongst multiple risks.  We need to have the persistence and skill to help children suffering the worst effects of violence including child soldiers, victims of rape and abduction, disabled children and street children. We are often very close to the fighting, but we need to be committed to standing by children and families long enough to provide them the best possible assistance in overcoming their experiences. 


We have three ways of working:

  • Direct service delivery (often through local partner organisations).
  • Capacity building through investment in local structures and communities.
  • Advocacy in-country and globally in order to change attitudes and policies.

We aim to deliver three life saving interventions:

  • Protection – of children , their families and their communities
  • Education and
  • Livelihoods


Where we are now…

War Child has seen rapid growth over the past four years, involving a 560% increase in beneficiary reach from 5,000 direct beneficiaries to 28,000 direct beneficiaries; a 320% increase in income from £1.1m to an income of £3.6m for 2011; and a doubling of our staff both overseas and in the UK.

We have fantastic support from companies, artists, and the broader music industry in the UK not to mention the dedication of countless individuals who raise money for us each year.  We are held in great respect by other charities, by the big governmental and United Nations funders, and by the communities in the countries where we work. 

We have a long track of helping thousands of children in meaningful and long lasting ways which change lives for the better.  These are all assets which we can build on to help more children escape the nightmare of civil war and abduction.

Over the next five years, from 2012 to 2016, we want to:

  • Increase the number of children we help – to 96,000 a year by 2016
  • Be fully operational in 8 countries by 2016
  • Grow our income from £4.2 million in 2012 to £8 million in 2016
  • Improve our ability to measure the change we are making, and increase the amount of change we get for every £1 we spend
  • Work with the children in our projects to attract the attention of the work to their situation, and to change the bigger problems which surround them.

To achieve these five programme aims we know that we need to meet two organisational challenges as we continue to grow:

  • We need to make sure that our admin and finance systems are good enough to support a larger organisation without losing efficency or the ability to respond quickly to difficult situations
  • We need to make sure that we stay true to our mission and that everyone who sees us understands what we are trying to achieve and respects us for how we go about doing it